Peter is an Arabic-speaking independent consultant who has been investigating the exploitation of the internet by jihadist groups and their supporters for over 15 years. In 2004, he pioneered the systematic research and analysis of online jihadist media for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and went on to lead a dedicated team of experts in the field at the BBC.
As the manager of BBC Monitoring’s Jihadist Media Team from 2013-17, Peter developed resilience interventions to help the team deal with a huge increase in the impact of media output produced by Islamic State group (IS). These included monthly group support sessions providing a forum for discussing potentially distressing content the team had been exposed to.
Peter has written about building resilience for terrorism researchers for the blog of the EU-funded VOX-Pol research network and presented on the subject at a workshop on the ethics of terrorism research at Swansea University.
Peter began his career as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency in the Middle East, based in Jordan and Egypt. He has an undergraduate degree in Arabic from the University of Oxford.